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A fantastic weekend of rallycross was capped off with drama through the semi-finals and then a closely fought final. The first semi final looked to be a routine 1-2 for the Hansen brothers in their 208’s with Timmy leading Kevin as they jokered on the last lap well ahead. Timmy got through okay but Kevin turned in too early and clipped the barrier on the inside of the hairpin left. By the time he got sorted out the top 3 places were gone. In the other semi final Janis Baumanis (Fiesta) got a flyer off the start, from the 3rd row, whilst Joni Wiman (i20) bogged down off the startline. It bunched the field up and Liam Doran (S1) was going door handle to door handle with a charging Baumanis. Read More »

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A fantastic weekend of rallying saw Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC) take their 5th consecutive win on the Manx National Rally, to equal the overall victory record held by Kenny McKinstry. For 2019 the event counted as two rounds of the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship, with Friday as round 1 and Saturday as round 2. Fastest times of 3 of the opening loop of 4 stages saw Pritchard hold a 55s lead over Jamie Jukes & James Morgan (Mirage). Dan Harper & Chris Campbell had gone fastest on stage 2 and were 2nd but a minute dropped on the 4th stage saw Harper retire for the day, as a precaution. 3rd overall were Andrew Dudgeon & Joe Dooley (Evo 6.5) just over 20 seconds back. John Stone & Jack Morton (Fiesta WRC) were close behind in 4th with Harper in 5th, briefly. Read More »

A total of 86 crews started from Jambes for the 36th running of the Rallye de Wallonie and with 22 R5’s, an S2000, 4 Porsche 997 GT3’s and a whole host of group N and modified cars, there was plenty of quality. Sébastien Bedoret & Thomas Walbrecq (Fabia R5) took the first stage before Cédric Cherain & Xavier Portier (Polo R5) took the 2nd run through the Citadel to take an early lead. Adrian Fernémont & Samuel Maillen (Fabia R5) were fastest through SS4, following the cancellation of SS3 and another fastest time on SS6 was enough to see them take the lead. With another 8 stages to go on Saturday, 4 more stage wins saw Fernémont hold a 17s going in to the final day. Read More »

The Rallynuts Stages Rally made the move to Hafren for the 2019 running of the event. The change of location to the classic but underused stages seemed a popular one with a number of crews entering the event purely because of the route. Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton (Focus WRC) set out trying to make it 3 out of 3 and fastest times on each stage in the opening loop left them with a good lead. A clean sweep followed on the last two stages and victory was Thorburn’s by 59s. Behind though 2nd place was decided on the final stage. Late entries Mark Donnelly & Dai Roberts (Fiesta R5) came out on top after going 8s quicker than Stephen Petch & Michael Wilkinson (Fiesta WRC) on the final stage, taking 2nd by 5s. Read More »

A murky Cadwell Park saw the conclusion of the 2018/19 Circuit rally championship, where the top 3 were locked in battle all day. After a win at Anglesey last time out Frank Bird & Jack Morton (Focus WRC) were fastest through stage 1 to take an early lead. A couple of stalls on the 2nd stage saw them drop down the leaderboard though. Chris West & Keith Hounslow (306 Maxi Kit Car) took over the lead from Peter Smith & Pat Walsh (Fiesta WRC). A trio of fastest stages saw Bird climb back up to 2nd overall but stage 6 saw 3 further stalls, dropping over half a minute to West & Smith. Read More »

After a week of unseasonably dry and warm weather across the UK saw the Dyfi complex in perfect condition for the largely 2WD field. Dust could pose a problem though and with the 2WD reverse seeded then the top runners would not be immune. Osian Pryce & Dale Furniss (Escort MkII) set the stages alight going fastest through all 8 stages, albeit joint fastest time on the final stage. Their victory margin was 37s over Nick Elliott & Dave Price with Joe Price & Chris Brooks a further 34s back, completing an all Escort MkII podium. Stanley Orr & Grahame Henderson (Escort MkI) took category 2 in 4th overall whilst Ken Davies & Alan Jones (Amazon) were victorious in category 1. Read More »

The 21st North West Stages, sponsored by Legend Fires, was set to be a memorable rally being only the 2nd closed rally in England and the first in the North. Simon Bowen & Richard Robinson (Impreza WRC) set the early pace going fastest on the first 3 stages before dropping over a minute on the final stage of the opening loop. Peter Taylor & Andrew Roughead (Fiesta WRC) were fastest through that stage to take the lead by 9 seconds in to first service. Alex Laffey & Stuart Loudon (Fiesta R5) were just 9 seconds behind, with Steve Simpson & Pat Walsh (Fiesta R5) tied with them in 2nd overall. Read More »

A crazy day of motorsport saw us take in the first 4 stages of the AGBO Historic Stages, at Weston Park. Leigh & Chris Armstrong (Escort MkII) held a slender 1s lead over Mike Simpson & Dale Gibbons (Escort MkII), after 4 stages. With the pair exchanging times over the next two stages they were tied with 4 stages to go. Simpson then took the initiative on stage 7 before Armstrong clawed back the lost time on stages 8 & 9. Going in to the final stage they were tied and it was Armstrong who went fastest by 4 seconds to take the win. Read More »

Continuing a mad weekend for us, the Tour of Epynt saw windy, wintry and sunny conditions hit the opening round of the Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship. Damian Cole & Shelley Rogerson (Focus WRC) were fastest through the short opening stage before Jason Pritchard & Phil Clarke (Focus WRC) went fastest through stage 2, taking the lead by 5s. 2018 Champion Pritchard did not let anyone in for the next 4 loops of stages as he went fastest on the remaining stages. The final victory margin was over two minutes as Cole dropped over a minute on the final stage, only just holding on to 2nd overall. Seb Ling & Aled Rees were superb all day in their DS3 R5 and ended up only 3s behind Cole. Read More »

Wild weather struck the Lake District for the Malcolm Wilson Rally and the first 3 stages were blighted by snow, decimating the field in just 15 stage miles. Connor McCloskey & Noel O’Sullivan (Fiesta WRC) were fastest through Hobcarton from Ian Joel & Graeme Wood (Escort Cosworth) by 3 seconds. McCloskey dropped over 20s through Comb as Joel took the lead from Petr Krizan & Lukas Sintal (Evo IX) who were fastest through Comb. The top two stayed as they were after Greystoke, with Joel extending his lead, with McCloskey retiring after SS3. Read More »